The local Microsoft DPE team will be hanging out every Monday at the Microsoft Store at the Mall of America to answer any questions you may have about developing applications for Windows 8, Windows Phone, Microsoft Azure, or the rest of the Microsoft dev platform. Feel free to swing by anytime between 1pm and 3pm each Monday (excluding Monday, Jan 28th) to talk tech.
How will your IT organization consider using “the cloud”? Is there even an option for you; and if so, what does it look like?
Next month we start our new series of events focusing on how IT is being transformed into a dynamic, service-based resource for your business. To do this you need to not just think about things like Virtualization, but to consider taking advantage of cloud-like solutions; whether in your own datacenter or hosted elsewhere. And I know you’ll agree: Choosing the right solution for the right scenario becomes very important.
If you are a Ruby or Java programmer and you want to leverage Windows Azure (or parts of it anyway), make sure you check out your respective SDKsâ€¦
The Microsoft .NET Services offer interoperability by design through industry standards and web protocols such as REST, SOAP, WS-*, as well as through community based libraries that make it easier to use the services. The Java SDK for .NET Services includes a set of libraries, tools, prescriptive guidance & sample applications that will enhance productivity for Java developers willing to use the .NET Services to extend their Java applications by using the Microsoft cloud services platform to build, deploy and manage reliable, Internet-scale applications.
The Microsoft .NET Services offer interoperability by design through industry standards and web protocols such as REST, SOAP, WS-*, as well as through community based libraries that make it easier to use the services. The Ruby SDK for .NET Services includes a set of libraries, tools, prescriptive guidance & sample applications that will enhance productivity for Ruby developers willing to use the .NET Services to extend their Ruby applications by using the Microsoft cloud services platform to build, deploy and manage reliable, Internet-scale applications.
Iâ€™ve sat through several sessions on the various Azure service, like storage, and the openness of the service API really makes them viable choices for those using non-Microsoft tools. Check it out!
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I posted earlier about the MSDN Developer Conference coming to Minneapolis on January 13th, 2009. As part of trying to expose some of the cool new technologies, I am running a promotion to get a number of developers free passes to the event. In particular, I am looking to get some “non-Microsoft” developers to the event so they can check out the cool things coming with things like Windows Azure, .NET 4.0, and more.
So how do you get one of these free passes? Use the contact page on my blog and drop me a message with your name, contact info, developer technologies you currently use, and why you are interested in attending. I’ll then determine the winners.
I wanted to offer folks that don’t usually go to Microsoft events a chance to hang out with their developer compatriots and check out some new technology.
Now, if you are a Microsoft dev, don’t despair. If you can get some of your non-Microsoft dev buddies to enter the contest and reference you as the person that got them to enter (make sure they include your email), you will be entered in a drawing to win a cool prize (Zune, XBOX games, books, something along those lines – I’m still working that part out). If the person you got to enter the contest gets picked and attends the conference, you will get additional entries in the contest.
So pass the idea around and I’m looking forward to the registrations!